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September 23, 1998

National Experts to Take Part in Middlebury College Alcohol Symposium Sept. 30-Oct. 8

Tackling topics ranging from common misperceptions of college student drinking to the media's "selling of addiction" to the college population, a symposium on alcohol at Middlebury College will take place from Sept. 30-Oct. 8. All events are free and open to the public.

According to symposium organizer Yonna McShane, Middlebury College director of health/wellness education, "Alcohol is an important issue that involves everyone in the community-both the college and the town. We've tried to look at it from many sides by inviting experts on a wide range of topics, such as athletes with substance abuse issues, the needs of the gay community, and drinking among young adults in Vermont."

"We want to educate, dispel myths, and, in particular, to involve both the campus and the public in discussions about alcohol and its impact," added McShane. "There is a new initiative in the State of Vermont for community coalition building in addressing alcohol issues andour event is in step with this effort."

The symposium begins on Sept. 30 from 4:15-5:30 p.m. with a panel discussion, "Middlebury Alumni Share Their Expertise," featuring experts on alcohol prevention, intervention and recovery. The panelists include Dr. Jan Carney, director of the Vermont Health Department, who will discuss statistics specific to Vermont, which leads the nation in per capita teenage alcohol-related car accidents.

Other alumni panelists are Guy Kettelhack, who has written extensively on the topic of recovery-particularly in the gay community-for the Hazelden Foundation, a leading national alcohol foundation devoted to treatment, intervention and education; Robin Harris, director of the Athletic Health Enhancement Program at the University of Massachusetts, who has worked extensively with college athletes with substance abuse issues; and John Coffin, director of Out Patient Adult Services at the Howard Center for Human Services in Burlington, who has many years of experience in the acute and long term treatment of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

Following the panel discussion there will be break-out discussion groups from 5:30-6:15 p.m. A panelist will lead each group.

On Oct.1, the symposium continues with two lectures. At 4:15 p.m., Guy Kettelhack will give a talk entitled "When Jekyll Dances with Hyde-A New Look at Getting High." A recovery expert, Kettelhack will focus on spirituality and recovery.

At 7:30 p.m., Dr. Wes Perkins will give a talk entitled "Misperception of College Student Drinking Norms: The Reign of Error." Perkins will discuss how incoming college students often drink excessively in part because they consistently overestimate the amount of drinking that takes place on campus, therefore perpetuating the drinking cycle. A professor at Hobart College and a nationally recognized expert, Perkins will discuss his research as well as the impact of social influence on college student drinking, offering practical strategies for addressing these issues.

On Oct. 7 at 4:15 p.m., Dr. Gerald Garrett's talk will be entitled "Faculty as a Critical Link in Alcohol Prevention Strategies." A member of the department of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Garrett is the director of alcohol and substance abuse studies.

Closing the symposium on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Jean Kilbourne, an internationally recognized expert on alcohol and the media, will give a talk entitled "Under the Influence: The Selling of Addiction." Accompanied by a slide show, her talk will focus on the media's "selling of addiction" to the college population in the United States, and is particularly relevant to high school students. She has spoken at Middlebury College in the past to standing-room-only audiences. A reception will follow at 9:15 p.m.

All events, except the Kilbourne lecture and reception, will take place in the main social space of McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road, off South Main Street (Route 30). The Kilbourne lecture will take place in Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). The Kilbourne reception will be in the Redfield Proctor Room on the second floor of Proctor Hall across Hepburn road from Mead Chapel. Contact Yonna McShane of health/wellness education at Middlebury College at 802-443-5141 for more information.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, Sept. 30

4:15 - 5:30 p.m. "A Panel of Alcohol Experts: Middlebury Alumni Share Their Expertise" will be held in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). A panel of Middlebury alumni who are experts on the topic of alcohol prevention, intervention and recovery includes: Dr. Jan Carney '76, director of the Vermont Health Department; Mr. Guy Kettelhack '73, writer on the topic of recovery for the Hazelden Foundation; Ms. Robin Harris '84, director of the Athletic Health Enhancement Program at the University of Massachusetts; Mr. John Coffin '67, director of Out Patient Adult Services at the Howard Center for Human Services.

5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Discussion groups will be held in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). Following the panel discussion there will be break-out discussion groups. Each group will be led by a panelist.

Thursday, Oct. 1

4:15 p.m. "When Jekyll Dances with Hyde-A New Look at Getting High" will be held in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). Mr. Guy Kettelhack, writer on the topic of recovery for the Hazelden Foundation.

7:30 p.m. "Misperception of College Student Drinking Norms: The Reign of Error" will be held in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). Dr. Wes Perkins, professor at Hobart College and a nationally recognized expert on the impact of misperceived norms on college drinking.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

4:15 p.m. "Faculty as a Critical Link in Alcohol Prevention Strategies" will be held in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). Dr. Gerald Garrett, director of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies and a member of the department of sociology at University of Massachusetts' Boston campus.

Thursday, Oct. 8

7:30 p.m. "Under the Influence: The Selling of Addiction" will be held in Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). Dr. Jean Kilbourne, an internationally recognized expert on alcohol and the media.

9:15 p.m. Reception and discussion with Dr. Kilbourne will be held in Redfield Proctor Room of Proctor Hall on Hepburn Road, off College Street (Route 125).

The public is invited to attend all symposium events, which are free of charge. Contact Yonna McShane of health/wellness education at Middlebury College at 802-443-5141 for more information.